Principal Investigator

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Yongsung Hwang, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Yongsung Hwang is an associate professor in the Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science (SIMS) at Soonchunhyang University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from UC San Diego and he did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. Developing the next generation of regenerative medicine-based therapies requires a critical understanding encompassing biology, materials science, physiology, medicine, and engineering. Therefore, his research interest lies in understanding the roles of cell-matrix/cell-cell interactions in controlling the lineage-specific fate determination of human pluripotent and patient-derived mesenchymal stem cells into various functional cells, including myo-/teno-/osteo-/adipo-/chondrogenic progenitors and insulin-producing beta cells, through biomaterial-based physiochemical cues along with soluble cues. Beyond fundamental understandings of artificial ECM-based cues to stem cells, his team also focuses on developing multifunctional 3D biomimetic materials as a bioengineered niche by leveraging 3D bioprinting techniques for regenerative and tissue engineering applications. Finally, by strong collaboration with clinicians, his team aims to develop disease microenvironment (fibrosis and cancer) to investigate the roles of mechanotransduction in regulating various degenerative disease progression, such as pterygium, podocyte dysfunction, keloid skin fibrosis, osteoarthritis, head and neck cancers. [Publication List]

  • Director, SIMS Research Planning Division, Mar 2021 - current

  • Associate Professor, Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science, Soonchunhyang University, Korea, 2019 - current

  • Assistant Professor, Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science, Soonchunhyang University, Korea, 2015 - 2019 

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioengineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2011 - 2014

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2011

  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, UC San Diego, USA,  2007

  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, 2006

  • Email: yshwang0428@sch.ac.kr